Mass Education

board Profile

Mr.Placid Balige

Head - Mass Education and Open Schooling Department



The department of Mass Education and Open Schooling is one of the three academic departments at the Institute of Adult Education. It is divided into three major sections namely; mass education, open schooling and regional centres coordination. The department has a major role of educating the broader population on various developmental issues.It conducts campaigns and programmes such Empowering Girls through Education (2019), Child Early and Forced Marriage - GIRLS Inspire (2018), Mass Education on Election Expenses Act (2010), Change of Attitude to Combat HIV/AIDS (2001), Electoral Sensitization Programme (1995), Agriculture and Politics (1970) and Person is Health (Mtu ni Afya 1973). The department develops teaching and learning materials for literacy and post-literacy programmes which target people with diverse educational backgrounds such as never went to school, school drop outs and leavers, youths, adults and learners with special education needs. These programmes include Integrated Post Primary Education (IPPE), Alternative Learning Opportunities for Adolescent Girls and Young Mothers who dropped out of School Due to Pregnancy and Early Marriage Integrated Programme for Out of School Adolescents (IPOSA) and Secondary Education for Out of School Adolescent Girls (SEOSAG) programmes. It boosts of 21 regional centres nationwide which provide secondary education through open and distance learning mode, vocational skills programmes as well as tailor made and up-grading courses for workers.


The department activities include:


1. Initiating national campaigns on cross cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender, environment, human rights, civic education and poverty.
2. Developing and conducting programmes for out of school youth, adults and disadvantaged groups including girls and women.
3. Producing teaching and learning materials for complementary, post-primary and non-formal education programmes.
4. Organizing seminars and workshops for specific target groups and needs in the community.
5. Producing newsletters, journals and study materials.
6. Empowering women, girls and disadvantaged groups including the elderly and the handicapped.
7. Conducting short tailor-made courses.
8. Establishing literacy support systems.
9. Coordinating non-formal secondary education through open schools.
10. Coordinating learners support services for out of school youth and adults.
11. Monitoring and evaluating non-formal education programmes.
12. Promoting the use of libraries and other technologies as resource centres for distance learners.